The DARIAH-DE Consortium

The DARIAH-DE Consortium


The DARIAH-DE consortium currently consists of 19 partner institutions with a diverse background from the humanities and technology: among them universities, data centers, academic institutions, two academies of sciences, one commercial partner as well as two libraries. In addition to the partners listed below and the former partners our network of associated partners is continually growing, including associated initiatives (e.g. NeDiMAH) and projects building on the DARIAH infrastructure (e.g. EHRI and CENDARI).


Akademie der Wissenschaften
und der Literatur Mainz

The Academy of Sciences and the Literature of Mainz is responsible for the largest share of research in the field of humanities in the academy program, and has been taking special account of digital change in society and science for years through the successful establishment of its research department „Digitale Akademie“ The Academy is a founding member of the TextGrid Association.

Members of the Digital Academy team are actively involved in the work of the DARIAH-DE Stakeholder Panel "Scientific Collections". The services and technologies bundled in DARIAH-DE are increasingly attractive for the specific application contexts in the Academy's long-term projects. More and more projects at the Mainz Academy therefore rely on components of the DARIAH-DE infrastructure (eg Geobrowser, virtual machines, PID service etc.), accompanied by the Digital Academy.

Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie
der Wissenschaften

The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences is the largest non-university, humanities research institution in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, with its 30 scientific traditions - such as dictionary projects, editions, prosopographies and bibliographies. Their tradition goes back to the Electoral Brandenburg Society of Sciences, which was founded in 1700 on the initiative of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz under the Elector Friedrich III. Founded.

In 2001 the BBAW launched the "The Electronic Life Of The Academy" (Telota) initiative. In this initiative, the Academy bundles its electronic activities. Telota develops tools that enable the Academy to digitally process, document, present and archive its research results. Since then, various electronic tools have been developed for the humanities research work and numerous electronic presentations of primary sources, digital dictionaries, digital editions and prosopographies as well as other basic works based at the BBAW.

DAASI International GmbH

DAASI International, an expert in open source technologies in the fields of digital humanities and identity and access management, is a spin-off of the Center for Data Processing at the University of Tübingen and was founded in 2000.

DAASI International provides consulting, development, implementation, support and training services for its customers - mainly universities and public institutions - to modern IT technologies and user-friendly applications. The company maintains close links with the DFN as well as with German and international research institutions and is active in various national and international working groups and standardization bodies (for example, GGF / OGF, IETF, TERENA).

DAASI International has worked as a consortium partner in several research projects in the field of public-key infrastructure and grid computing. In the projects DFN-Directory-Competence Center, PKI / LDAP, IVOM, GAP-SLC, TextGrid as well as in the EU-funded project AARC. At TextGrid, DAASI International was instrumental in the design and development of middleware and grid nodes as well as workflow and authentication and authorization infrastructure.

With regard to DARIAH-DE, DAASI International can, in particular, contribute to the experience of building Shibboleth federations as well as of infrastructures and applications for the management of information objects from the humanities (TextGrid) as well as the acquired competences in the fields of ingest and long-term archiving.

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut

The DAI is the largest non-university research institution in the field of archeology and ancient science with 19 branches in Germany and abroad as well as research projects on all five continents. As an international research institution, it is particularly interested in the long-term security and interoperability of its data. It promises DARIAH-DE the possibility to contribute archaeological and antiquity research data into a European infrastructure and thereby make it available.

Forschungsverbund Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel

Since the year 2013, the Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach, the Klassikstiftung Weimar and the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel have been bundling their research activities in a federation (MWW) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The holdings of the three institutions are among the most important testimonies of German and European cultural heritage. The research projects carried out within the framework of MWW deal with current questions of the text, image, book and media sciences as well as the history of ideas and science. The aim is to bring the unique collections even more into the focus of science at the national and international level.
By developing a common digital infrastructure, research is gaining new insights into the rich holdings and the possibility to explore them with methods of digital humanities. Within the framework of MWW, subprojects for the modeling of metadata, for the construction of a digital long-term archive as well as for the development of a virtual research environment are implemented. The generic search of DARIAH is used and developed further for the construction of an interdisciplinary search. The research group is also involved in the field of scientific collections at DARIAH.

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH –
Jülich Supercomputing Centre

The Jülich Supercomputing Center at Forschungszentrum Jülich has been running the first German high-performance computing center since 1987. It provides researchers in Germany and Europe with an independent peer review process for the highest performance level. More than 200 experts and contact persons work on all aspects of supercomputing and simulation science. One focus of the Jülich Supercomputing Center is the territory of federated systems and data. In addition to the European open-source software UNICORE, application environments and application-specific services for distributed data and computing infrastructures are developed in cooperation with users here. The federated approach in development respects the autonomy of user groups and centers.

Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche
Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen

The Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) is a joint institution of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and the Max Planck Society. It fulfills the function of a computing and competence center for the Max Planck Society and the Higher Education Center for the University of Göttingen.

The GWDG has been and is involved in various projects with a grid reference as a consortial partner (MediGrid, Services @ MediGrid, DGSI) and has or has the consortium management in the projects Instant-Grid and OptiNum-Grid. The GWDG is also a grid resource center for the D-Grid communities MediGrid, TextGrid, HEP-Grid and OptiNum-Grid.

Since the beginning of 2009, GWDG has been commissioning the Max Planck Society to provide a service for the creation and resolving of Persistant Identifiers (PIDs). This initiative culminated in a joint European consortium (European Persistant Identifier Consortium, EPIC), which is responsible for the provision of these services for science in Europe.

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

Founded in 1572, the Herzog August Bibliothek is one of the largest collection of sources in the early modern period, with some 12,000 medieval and early-modern manuscripts and around 350,000 works printed before 1800. It assumes national librarian duties in the collection program Deutsche Drucke and in the list of 17th century prints published in the German language (VD17). It is a DFG handwriting center and a national and international center of expertise for old prints and conservation. In addition to the traditional library with research literature and a comprehensive range of services, it also runs a research program, a program of scientific events and a special scholarship program with special support for top-level humanities research. Publications are published by the publisher and are usually published in the Commission at Harrassowitz-Verlag. The library has also been involved in digitization for more than 15 years and has carried out numerous digitization projects and research projects in the field of digital humanities. These include nationally coordinated projects on the mass-scale cultural digitalization, special projects or projects initiated by international early age research, which deal with digital editions. With the recent establishment of the Marbach-Weimar-Wolfenbüttel research network, the focus on mediaeval and early-modern research will be further expanded and the library will be given a stronger profile as a research and research infrastructure institution with a view to developments in the digital humanities.


Leibniz-Institut für Europäische
Geschichte Mainz

The interdisciplinary researches of the non-university research institute IEG ask about the integrating and antagonistic forces in religion and politics that have shaped the (geographic) continent and (cultural) context of meaning 'Europe' over the centuries.

The IEG brings together its competencies in scientific theology and history with the expertise of other historically working disciplines through numerous international collaborations.

The IEG runs and accompanies intensive the training of young scientists in the historically working spiritual sciences. With the collaboration of collaborative research, the IEG considers the target position of DARIAH-DE to be congenial.

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is one of the largest research facilities in Germany with approximately 8,000 employees as the association of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK) and the University of Karlsruhe. In addition to the broad research spectrum in "Energy", "Climate and Environment", "Key Technologies" and "Structure of Matter" KIT creates a broad scientific and technical infrastructure for interdisciplinary research. This includes large scientific facilities for both internal and external users, e.g. The Grid Computing Center GridKa as a national animal 1 for particle physics, KIT's contributions to the international Pierre Auger laboratory for astrophysics in Argentina, the Karlsruhe tritium laboratory for the European fusion program and the synchrotron radiation source ANKA. A new "Large Scale Data Facility" (LSDF) is being set up with the aim of becoming one of the most important centers for the processing and sustainable storage of large-scale experiment, observation and measurement data in Europe. The focus is on the direct support of data-intensive experiments and applications with data throughputs in the multi-digit terabyte range per day. In the KIT, two institutes are involved in the establishment of the LSDF: the Steinbuch Center for Computing (SCC) in the establishment and provision of the infrastructure and services and the Institute for process data processing and electronics (IPE) in data organization, software development and connection of scientific communities.

Max Planck Computing and Data Facility

The Max Planck Computing and Data Facility, formerly the Garching data center of the Max Planck Society, focuses on high-performance computing, cluster computing, data management and long-term archiving. As one of the oldest computer centers in Germany, it has been running high-performance computers for Max Planck institutes for almost 50 years and has been providing application support for scientific computing on parallel computers for nearly 20 years. For the ATLAS experiment at CERN, the RZG is a partner in the Tier2 Tier 2 center in Munich. For 15 Max Planck Institutes across Germany, it operates its dedicated cluster and storage systems. Webservices for database, storage and computer systems are operated within the framework of the ATLAS project, the PANSTARRS project, the bioinformatics platform MIGENAS and the cosmology consortium VIRGO. Long-term archiving includes experimental data from fusion experiments, particle physics experiments, satellite data (including NASA), simulation data from HPC projects, as well as valuable data from the history of the arts and the humanities (Bibliotheca Hertziana, extinct or endangered languages). The oldest archive data (experimental data) are 30 years old. The MPCDF participated in the D-Grid project as a joint partner in the development of the D-Grid core infrastructure and is currently strongly involved in international cooperation projects (including as a consortium leader of DEISA).

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin is one of more than 80 MPG research institutes and was founded in 1994. The MPIWG explores how new categories of thought, evidence and experience have emerged in the centuries-long interaction between the sciences and the surrounding cultures. Interdisciplinary and interdisciplinary comparative studies investigate under which historical conditions scientific culture and science have emerged as a culture. The individual research projects cover a number of thousands of years, covering the cultures of the West and the East, the North and the South, and the various disciplines, from Babylonian mathematics to modern genetics, from the natural history of the Renaissance to the beginnings of the quantum mechanics.

Max Weber Stiftung

The Max Weber Foundation - 

German Humanities Institutes abroad - fosters research in the fields of history, culture, economics and social sciences in selected countries as well as the mutual understanding between Germany and these countries. To this end, it has ten institutes abroad, for which it operates the electronic publication platform The goal of is the intensification and further development of scientific communication through the provision of research in the form of literature, sources and databases. The publishing environment is committed to the open access principle for the promotion of free scientific exchange.

Since basic research is a special support of the Max Weber Foundation, provides more database solutions for the presentation of source data. The focus is not only on the processing of primary research data, but also on the conception of virtual working environments for the timely development of scientific results and their provision in sustainable research infrastructures. The Max Weber Foundation is therefore particularly committed to DARIAH-DE in the clusters of institutionalization and scientific collections.

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg –
Fakultät für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Angewandte Informatik –
Lehrstuhl für Medieninformatik

Characteristic for the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg is its academic profile, which focuses on the fields of humanities, cultural, human and social sciences. With the recent Faculty of Business Informatics and Applied Computer Science, which was conceived as a cross-sectional faculty with an interdisciplinary stapling function, the University expanded its academic structure in 2001. The applied computer science in Bamberg has a clear cut to applications in the humanities and cultural sciences.

The Chair for Media Informatics considers aspects such as media technology, media design, media development, media use, and in particular media administration and media retirement. Nationally and internationally, he is shown in the field of information retrieval (IR) and has been profiled in the search for texts and the search for other media objects as well as in the distributed IR.

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.

The Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland eV (OKF DE) is a non-profit organization that is committed to the dissemination of free and openly accessible knowledge in society. OKF DE aims to spread open knowledge and open data as a standard, to help others and to create a sustainable and active community (from dedicated scientists, citizens and developers) around the topic. In this context, OKF DE in the DARIAH-DE project aims to support, disseminate and promote digital humanities and the opening up of science.

Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institut
für deutsch-jüdische Geschichte
an der Universität Duisburg-Essen

The Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institute (STI) is an extrauniversity research facility for the History, Culture and Religion of German Jews as of the Early Modern Times to the present. Embedded in interdisciplinary, multilingual and global projects STI relies on interoperability and long-term preservation of research data (objects, images, epitaphs, manuscripts, prints) STI has a special interest in standarized workflows, collaborative tools (TextGridLab, Geo-Browser) and digital repositories  (Athena Plus, TextGridRep) as well as the development of the epigraphic portal "epidat". STI is a founding member of the TextGrid-association.

Göttingen – Niedersächsische Staats-
und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) is one of the largest university libraries in Germany. The SUB's primary focus is on its broad range of library and literatur services for University of Göttingen. In addtion, it participates in numerous national and international activities in the context of digital humanities, virtual research environments, digital editions, digital preservation research data management, and open access. The SUB has a ten year tradition in the field of digital text and digital scholarly editions and specifically in the digital creation of hybrid (online and print) editions. In its mission to actively shape the modern understanding of access to and use of knowledge, SUB provides tools and solutions to support the researcher processes.

Technische Universität Darmstadt 
Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Digital Humanities (Germanistische Computerphilologie / Philosophie / Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing) 

The IAG Digital Humanities at the TU Darmstadt is an association of institutes and professional representatives active in this research field for many years. At the Institute of Philosophy at the TU Darmstadt, projects in the field of e-learning and e-knowledge have been carried out continuously since 2002, among others. Together with computer science within the framework of the DFG GK 1223 "Quality Improvement in E-Learning". A particularly close cooperation with the subject area Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (interdisciplinary Lichtenberg Professorship of the Volkswagen Foundation in Computer Science), which works in the fields of Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Text Mining, eLearning and Digital Humanities, has emerged from this project work , Added to this is the Institute for Linguistics and Literary Studies, which has been developing the profile of computer-assisted language and text analysis since 2004. With corresponding researches and a Master of Arts Linguistic and Literary Computing, which has existed since 2006, the Germanist computer philology. The IAG Digital Humanities also cooperates with the corpus and computer linguistic fields in Department 2 (Society and History), various subject areas in Department 20 (Computer Science), and maintains relations with Department 3 (Media Education), the Center of Higher Education and the "Competence Center of High Performance Calculation" The TU. In this group, competencies for the sustained construction of contemporary and historical corpora, digital editions, digital dictionaries as well as innovative methods for the dynamic development of text and knowledge are bundled.

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg –
Institut für deutsche Philologie –
Lehrstuhl für Computerphilologie und
Neuere Deutsche Literaturgeschichte

The newly established Chair for Modern German Literary History and Computer Science forms the bridge between literary studies and the new course "Digital Humanities". An important research focus is digital editions as well as the (further) development of corpus-based research methods for literary sciences. Due to the participation in the development of TextGrid there is experience with a large project. International cooperation experience exists because of the long-term participation in the development of the TEI guidelines.